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75 minutes | 4 months ago
S3. E4. Talise and Arsalaan's Surprise Twin Homebirth!
Isis and Chae interview Talise and her husband Arsalaan (formerly known as Deron). All 6 of their children were born at home including their surprise breech twins! Talise Xavier, of Atlanta, Georgia, is a wife, mother of six, author, and homemaker. Talise uses her birth experiences and expertise to help empower other women as a Natural pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Postpartum care advocate. Her mission is to encourage women to birth their way, re-normalize natural homebirth, and educate women about their pregnancy and birthing options. Talise’s book, “Home is Where The Birth Is: The Stories of my 6 Homebirths and How You Can Do it Too,” is now available for purchase on Amazon. Get in Touch with Talise Facebook: Talise Homebirth Queen Instagram: @TaliseTheHomebirthQueen Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
92 minutes | 5 months ago
3.3 Giving Birth to a Spirit: Miscarriage as Homebirth with Ellenie Cruz
TRIGGER WARNING: Mention of miscarriage, abortion, D&C and blood loss. This episode features Ellenie Cruz. Ellenie’s homebirth story is special because it centers her miscarriage which she frames not as a pregnancy loss but rather a gain. Through her experience, Ellenie saw the impact and importance of community and of birth work. She also recognizes that birthing people who experience miscarriage still require postpartum care! Ellenie is a New Orleans-based educator, artist, poet, doula, student midwife, herbalist, and reiki master. She promotes ancestral practices to heal self, family, and community. Ellenie is the founder of Ascencion Art, the organizer of the NOLA herb gathering, and the Atabey School of Cultural Healing where she teaches herbalism classes to self-identified BIPOC. Follow her @asc3nsion_art and @oshunsgarden
60 minutes | 6 months ago
3.2 Unpacking Medical and Obstetric Racism with Dr. Dana-Ain Davis
Isis and Chae interview Dr. Dana-Ain Davis who discusses her book Reproductive Injustice, as well as how medicalized childbirth is an extension of slavery, how racism is a risk factor for all Black birthing people, and why we need more radical birth workers.
75 minutes | 8 months ago
3.1 Answering the Call of Midwifery with Nubia Martin
In this Season 3 premiere episode, Isis and Chae interview Nubia Martin a Black midwife based in Yonkers, NY. Nubia is the proud mother of 5 -- two daughters and three sons. Her first 2 babies were born in the hospital. And her last 3 were born at home with midwives. After seeing a need in her community, Nubia has actively worked to fill that need by providing necessary childbirth education, lactation support, and now midwifery care to a population that has been historically disenfranchised and to this day still feels the effects of segregation and racial health disparities. Her organization, Birth from the Earth, Inc., activates and engages the community through perinatal education, comprehensive trainings, inclusion, and holistic care. For more information please visit her website and follow her on instagram @birthfromtheearth. Art of Birthing Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth by Dana-Ain Davis
77 minutes | 9 months ago
2.11 Doula Shayla Brown's Homebirth Stories
In this season finale episode, Isis and Chae interview Shayla Brown, community doula, childbirth educator and founder of Genesis Birthing and Living. Chae calls Shayla a "pioneer woman" because she broke new ground in mothering in her family. She was the first in her family to have a home birth, to breastfeed, and to embrace natural, unmedicated childbirth as a preference and strategy for survival. Shayla is a wife, a mother of 4 (with 1 on the way!) and an advocate for natural birth options for Black women. Shayla has given birth naturally 4 times: Once in a hospital, twice at home with midwives and doulas, and once assisted only by her husband. While Shayla acknowledges the obstacles against Black women birthing, she does not accept them. Shayla she has overcome enough of those obstacles to believe that with the help of God, access to knowledge, and strong support systems, trauma-free birth is abundantly available to Black women. Visit Shayla's online Training Academy below: https://genesis-birthing-and-living-academy.teachable.com/ Follow Shayla on social: Facebook: GenesisBirthingandLiving Instagram: @GenesisBirthingAndLiving
98 minutes | 10 months ago
2.10 Keeping it All the Way Real with Nicole Deggins, CNM.
"Birth is the Revolution," y'all! This week Isis and Chae interview Sista Midwife, Nicole Deggins, CNM, who is one of the leading birth advocacy experts in the US. Nicole, a NOLA native, is a sought-after trainer, public speaker, and community educator who works to eliminate perinatal disparities and bring light to the broken medical-obstetrical model of birth. Nicole knows hospital birth extensively and was a labor and delivery nurse before becoming a nurse midwife. Now, through her business Sista Midwife Productions, Nicole has provided full-spectrum, community-based training for dozens of cohorts of doulas or birth companions who hope to improve birth outcomes. Nicole's latest project is the Birth Story Project. Isis and Chae first met at Nicole's doula training and appreciate Nicole for creating this full-circle moment, sharing her birth story (home-to-hospital transfer), and discussing how doulas and midwives are important to reclaiming birth especially for Black birthing people. Check out the largest Black doula and midwife directory at www.sistamidwife.com Follow Nicole on IG! @sistamidwife @thebirthstoryproject
105 minutes | a year ago
2.9 Holding Space for Grief and Healing with Tayo Mbande
Show dedication: In Loving Memory of Tayo's father--DeShon Reddick, Sr. “Demo,” The King of B Boy Soul. Isis and Chae open this episode discussing self-care and its importance in pregnancy and postpartum healing. Chae also mentions her love for moxibustion. We continue the self-care conversation with Tayo on Patreon with our monthly subscribers. This episode features Tayo Mbande--a Californian living in Chicago, a homebirth mama, birthworker, and co-founder of Chicago Birth Works Collective. She founded the collective with her mother, Toni Taylor, who has always been a supportive force and doula to Tayo especially for the birth of Tayo's youngest daughter born who was born at home without a trained medical professional present. Tayo struggled during this pregnancy when her father passed away when she was 13 weeks pregnant. She and her husband created a community who provided prenatal care support and preparation for their family birth. This manifested as a "birth village" holding monthly planning meetings. During her pregnancy, Tayo experienced bladder prolapse and a shifted pelvis. She was able to receive excellent care from Black women providers. She praises Lakieta Edwards CNM who held space for her grief and Dr. Rolande Balan at Hyde Park Chiropractic who "changed her life." Recommended Reading: Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines Birthing Justice
67 minutes | a year ago
2.8 Jeanine Valrie Logan: Illinois Midwife and Breastfeeding Advocate
Isis and Chae interview Jeanine Valrie Logan, MPH, CLS. Jeanine is a Chicago-based advanced practice midwife, certified lactation education specialist, youth ally, homebirth mama, ecofeminist, podcaster, and homeschooler. In this episode, Jeanine discusses her entry into birth work in 2008. We also talk about the status of homebirth midwifery in Illinois and how there are still no Black certified professional midwives in Illinois. Her book Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers is available at https://www.amazon.com/Free-Breastfeed-Voices-…/…/1939807115 Jeanine co-hosts Birthworker Baes podcast!
90 minutes | a year ago
2.7 Chae Births Moziah at Home
After experiencing emotional ups and downs during pregnancy, including a false diagnosis, Chae had a beautiful home birth! Chae decided to birth unassisted although she did have the support of her birth team including her husband Mensa. In Season 1, Chae shared her breech birth story which started as a planned home birth but resulted in a hospital transfer. In this episode, Chae shares the power of giving birth a second time in the comfort of her home. Click here for more information about Chae's birth services. This episode is dedicated to midwife and activist Claudia Booker who passed this February. She loved being a midwife deep down in her soul! Mama Claudia left a profound and lasting impact on the birth community through her service and commitment to improve birth outcomes especially for people of color.
36 minutes | a year ago
2.6 Stacey and Tommy's Unassisted Home Birth Story -- Part II
Alabama-based homesteading business owners, wellness practitioners, and bee keepers, Stacey and Tommy Fluker describe their unassisted birth in Alabama. After being supported by midwives for their first two home births, Stacey and Tommy felt comfortable and empowered to birth without any birthworkers or medical providers present for the birth of their third child. For more information about Stacey and Tommy and Healing Exchange AL (H.E.A.L.) click here.
53 minutes | a year ago
2.5 Stacey and Tommy Fluker Talk Alabama Midwifery and Home Birth -- Part I
Stacey and Tommy Fluker are parents of three children and the owners and operators of Healing Exchange AL. Stacey and Tommy are healers, thai yoga massage practitioners, bee keepers, and lovers of nature and music. Stacey is also a doula who witnessed her mother birth birth at home and was inspired to birth her children at home. Her first two births were assisted by underground or "rebel midwives." Her third birth was unassisted and is featured of part two of this episode. Read more about Stacey here. It’s been a year since Alabama legalized homebirth midwifery by granting midwives an opportunity to become licensed after a 40-year struggle. Until this point, Alabama had not issued an out-of-hospital midwifery license since 1976.
42 minutes | a year ago
2.4 Kristin of exBreast Yourself Talks Cloth Diapers
Another cloth diaper episode, ayyyee!! We interview Kristin Mejia-Greene a birth and postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation specialist, and Certified Lactation Counselor. Kristin serves the greater Nashville, Tennessee are and is the owner of exBreast Yourself Festival Pumping Suites. She provides luxury pumping suites for festivals and trade shows in the mid-South. Kristin is also the founder of Homeland Heart & Birth Wellness Collective, a collective of Black doulas and wellness workers in Nashville working to reduce Black maternal and infant mortality rates. When she's not working, she's homeschooling her children, Kennedy and Kruze, and loving on her new husband Terrance. IG: @exBreastyourself | FB: exBreastyourself Festival Pumping Suites IG: @homelandhearttn | FB: Homeland Heart Birth & Wellness Collective
68 minutes | 2 years ago
2.3 Nuola's Homebirth Story (Part II)
In part II of this episode, Nuola, mother of 3, answers the question, "Why did you have a home birth?!" despite everything she endured with her first two pregnancies including D&C and stillbirth. For more info about Nuola visit www.nuolaakinde.com
61 minutes | 2 years ago
2.2 When Loss Leads to Home Birth with Nuola Akinde (Part I)
*content warning: pregnancy loss, D&C, stillbirth* Nuola shares her first experiences with pregnancy and birth. She first became pregnant as a college student. Her doctor ultimately convinced her to terminate a potentially difficult but wanted pregnancy. After experiencing a coerced D&C and later a stillbirth, Nuola went on to have two health children born in the hospital--first with an OB then a nurse midwife. When Nuola got pregnant again, she opted for a home birth and tells us why.
84 minutes | 2 years ago
2.1 Isis' Birth Story
Chae interviews Isis who discusses what it was like to find a midwife in Illinois where non-nurse midwives still cannot legally attend home births. Isis describes her at-home water birth as healing and beautiful despite having postpartum complications.
98 minutes | 2 years ago
10. Lou-Ann and Michael's Birth Story (S.1. Finale)
In this Season 1 finale episode, we interview Lou-Ann and Michael. Lou-Ann is a wife, mom of 2, and Graphic Design Consultant from Northern Virginia. Lou-Ann first gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte, in the hospital. After experiencing a "failed epidural," Lou-Ann decided to have a midwife-assisted home birth when she became pregnant with her son Malcolm. Lou-Ann had an empowered, unmedicated home birth that was beautiful beyond belief! Lou-Ann's book recommendations: Natural Childbirth: The Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
59 minutes | 2 years ago
9. A [Week] in the Life of Detroit Homebirth Midwife Cynthia Jackson
Detroit homebirth midwife, Cynthia Jackson, describes a typical prenatal appointment, why Black women should consider home birth, and a memorable surprise breech birth! Cynthia is a professional birth worker and founder of Sacred Rose Birthing Services. She provides homebirth midwifery care and hospital doula support for Detroit families (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties).
76 minutes | 2 years ago
8. Brittany's Home Birth Story
Brittany Fluitt, registered nurse and community doula, shares the birth of her son Kamalu who was born at home in New Orleans with the support of her doula, midwife, and husband Ifeanyi. Brittany shares why it's important to prepare your body and spirit for birth even before getting pregnant. Check out the documentaries Why Not Home? The Surprising Birth Choices of Doctors and Nurses and The Business of Being Born.
44 minutes | 2 years ago
7. Mama Cloth with Alysia -- Part II
Isis and Chae continue their conversation with Alysia who is a mom of two boys. She always had an interest in cloth menstrual pads AKA mama cloth but made the switch when she began cloth diapering her son Apollo. Alysia was diagnosed with endometriosis and started mama cloth because she had really heavy, painful cycles. She was actually scheduled to have her ovaries removed but then she discovered mama cloth. Once she started using cloth, Alysia noticed a dramatic disappearance in her symptoms! No more painful periods, cramps, or endometriosis in the 3 years since she started using her mama cloth. Check out @whoosinyourpanties and @sapphirebloomstitches to see some cute cloth pads! Alysia and Chae also enjoy Cream and Coco feminine soaps (especially Honeypot and Nookie Swirl!)
45 minutes | 2 years ago
6. Cloth Diapers with Alysia -- Part I
This episode features Alysia mother of two boys. She talks about why she loves cloth diapers and how they are easy to wash and care for. We discuss the different types of modern cloth diapers including our favorite Black-owned brands! In Part II of this episode, we discuss cloth menstrual pads AKA mama cloth! We absolutely LOVE these cloth diapers: Nappy Bunz SHINE Cloth Pooters G Diapers
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